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I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three, grand mother of three, and have been married to the same man for 42 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Arming the Unstable

Three heinous incidents in about a week: the murder of a pastor during services, the killing of a family in Miami, and the rampage in Alabama. Anyone else appalled by this senseless violence? Or have we become hardened to this sort of occurrence because of the frequency with which it happens? I hope not. This violence is and remains contradictory to life, to prosperity, and well-being.

Do you think the founders of our country had this is mind when they allowed for "the right to bear arms" for the forming of a militia? Now before we all get our undies in a knot, I'm not proselytizing for the removal of all guns (though in my heart I know this may not be such a bad idea), but why do we make it so easy for people like these men -- obviously ill -- to get guns, use them, and wreak havoc? To chisel away at the underpinnings of our peace, our society, our future? There has to be a better way...

8 comments:

Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

Kathy,
I so agree with you. I have never understood why people think they have to be armed. The more guns that are out there, the more people who are going to get shot. There are too many guns and they are too available.

Lena said...

Amen.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Sorry I'm so late to this. My novel's gotten in the way of blogging. (Better that than the other way around, I guess.)

I think this country is crazed on the subject of guns. I wish we could get rid of all of them.

Gin said...

I'm going to play devil's advocate and say ...when guns are made illegal, only criminals will have guns. The sad state of affairs on this topic is that if someone wants a gun to do a crime, they'll get one whether or not they are legal. I don't think it's good people who have guns who perpetrate these heinous crimes. (Can you tell I come from a hunting family?? LOL)

Kathy said...

Believe it or not, so do I!

Brad said...

Kilroy was here.

Rich said...

It all boils down to liberalism, Kathy. It makes it easier for nut jobs to get guns while folks like you and I don't have a chance. I don't watch the news or read the papers anymore so I didn't even know about these incidents until I read it here.

Therapist Mumbles said...

and those are just the ones you read about in the paper or see on TV, probably !% of what goes on.

The NRA gives each Congressman many $$$.

Not having guns wouldn't stop the violence. It would only make the deaths much less frequent.

It becomes more difficult to apologize when there is blood all over the street. (Oops, sorry).